Manuka Essential Oil (not to be mistaken for Manuka honey) is the new darling of the essential oils community. Sharing similar attributes with tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), manuka essential oil is well-known in the Maori population in New Zealand for its medicinal purposes. Manuka has a light, sweet and herbacious aroma.
If you’re looking for natural ways to support your body without any side effects, Manuka essential oil may just be your next ‘holy grail’ oil. But what is it exactly about this essential oil that makes it unique aside from the more expensive price tag? Read on to know more about the active ingredients in Manuka oil and the health benefits that you can enjoy.
The Active Ingredient in Manuka Essential Oil
Manuka Oil has tons of phytonutrients that make it one of the most potent essential oils available on the market today. According to a study, Manuka oil has stronger antioxidant activity than tea tree oil, giving it more fighting power against free radicals. It is also less irritating than tea tree oil when applied in small amounts to the skin.
Manuka essential oil is best known for its active ingredient – Leptospermone, which is a type of terpene that is produced by plants within the myrtle family. When extracted from the Manuka plant via steam distillation, Leptospermone is an odorless, viscous, yellow liquid with herbicidal properties. In fact, Leptospermone is now being tested as a way to manage weeds in organic farming systems.
On humans, however, it has a wide array of medicinal applications, making it one of the most promising, if not impressive essential oils out there.
Please note that the following information is for educational purposes only. This article is not intended to diagnose treat or prevent any disease. While there are ongoing studies on manuka oil, always check with your country’s food and drug administration whether a product has been reviewed and approved for use and consumption.
Benefits of Manuka Essential Oil
#1 It Can Help Treat Blemishes
Just like tea tree oil, manuka oil is packed with antibacterial properties that can help treat blemishes. Many companies have started to develop skincare products using manuka essential oil as a primary ingredient.
We all know that most acne problems are caused by the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands. When sebum comes into contact with everyday pollution and mixes with dirt and dust, the skin becomes a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. When left untreated, the skin becomes infected, and before you know it, you have a severe case of acne in your hands.
Manuka oil, when applied to the skin, reduces bacterial growth drastically. It’s particularly effective against Staphylococcus epidermitis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Propionibacterium acne bacteria.
To use, just dilute a small amount of the oil with a non-comedogenic carrier oil like grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil and apply to acne spots twice a day.
#2 It Can Speed Up Wound Healing
Washing wounds with Manuka essential oil aren’t just useful in disinfecting them, but it also speeds up scar tissue healing. So if you’re prone to burns, cuts, and scrapes, Manuka oil can be your go-to healing oil.
Manuka oil is both a cicatrizant and a cytophylactic, which basically means that it promotes the growth of new cells in the body. When applied to affected areas, it encouraged the skin to form scar tissues, which serves as a barrier that stops the infection from getting inside the wounds. It also helps fade scars over time
While countless studies have been done to show the healing properties of Manuka honey on wound treatment, you can use the essential oil and still get the same effect.
To use manuka essential oil to clean wounds, just add a 1 drop to a cup of water and mix well. Then dip a cotton ball or pad into the water and gently wash the wound. Or similarly, add to 4-5 drops to a 15ml spray bottle, fill with water and gently spray on your wound.
#3 It Can Cleanse the Scalp Preventing Dandruff
Dandruff is one of the most frustrating and most laborious scalp problems to get rid of. If you’re sick and tired of wasting your money on expensive anti-dandruff products that don’t seem to work, then it’s about time you give manuka oil a go.
Manuka essential oil nourishes the scalp and prevents it from drying. It restores the balance of oil production in the scalp while fighting off infection, which often leads to dry scabs. Since manuka oil has antimicrobial properties, it kills bacteria, yeast, and fungus that irritates the scalp.
Since both Manuka oil and Tea Tree oil come from the same family, it’s important that you mix these essential oils with a carrier oil of your choice to avoid irritation. People with sensitive skin and scalp, in particular, need to use these essential oils sparingly.
But overall, using manuka oil as a support to dry scalp is very easy. Just add a 2-3 drop into your shampoo and conditioner to get help support the of flaking skin. Or, if you want to make your own overnight anti-dandruff treatment, you can mix manuka essential with some coconut oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on overnight and wash your hair with shampoo the next day to get rid of the oil.
#4 It Can Treat Fungal Infections
Are fungal infections like athlete’s foot causing you major embarrassment? If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to treat stubborn fungal infections, manuka oil might be able to help.
Studies show that manuka oil has anti-fungal properties that inhibit the growth of 4 types of fungi, particularly Candida Tropicalis, Candida Albicans, Trichosporon Mucoides, and Malassezia furfur. When applied directly to the skin, it can kill off the infection quickly, with minimal to no side effects.
While some people experience great results from applying undiluted manuka oil to the skin, health experts believe that it’s still better to err on the safe side when using essential oils. Using undiluted oils may increase skin irritation, especially those with sensitive skin.
Make sure to dilute manuka essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to the affected area. And don’t forget to dry the area first before using the oil so that you don’t aggravate the area.
#5 It Can Fight Inflammation
From insect bites to stuffy noses, manuka essential oil can help you fight off any type of inflammation. A study from 2013 shows that manuka oil can even help protect skin from UV induced inflammation by inhibiting the production of cytokines in the body.
Take sunburn for example. Sunburned skin can get dry, itchy, and extremely painful because of the inflammation. Even though there are plenty of products on the market that can help prevent sunburn, most of us only notice the burn when it’s already too late.
One way to soothe sunburn fast is to add a few drops of manuka essential oil to water and spray it to burned skin. This will not only soothe the surface, but it will also reduce the swelling.
Another way that manuka oil fights off inflammation is in the case of insect bites and stings. Applying a few drops manuka oil mixed with almond oil can stop toxins from the bites from spreading in the skin.
#6 It Can Get Rid Of Body Odor
Manuka oil also acts as a deodorant, driving away odor-causing bacteria that feed on sweat. While sweat alone has no smell, when the bacteria population explodes, so does the odor.
This is the reason why some people have severe body odor even though they shower every day and use deodorant. The more sweat the body produces, the more odor bacteria like Corynebacterium spp. And Micrococcus Luteus produce.
The best way to get rid of this embarrassing problem is to apply manuka essential oil to the skin every day. Studies show that manuka oil with as low as .03% concentration can effectively keep the bacteria population at bay.
To use, just add a few drops to your body wash or shower gel to stop bacterial on its tracks. You can also add it to your night bath for a relaxing and rejuvenating soak for your muscle and joint after a long day at work. If you’re looking for a natural deodorant, try out this manuka oil deodorant recipe!
#7 It Can Help Cure Coughs And Colds
As if that wasn’t enough, Manuka oil also has potent anti-microorganism properties that will help you diagnose treat cure common cough and colds. Even before the flu season comes around, make sure to have a bottle of Manuka essential oil in your medicine cabinet.
There are plenty of ways to use Manuka oil as a cold and cough support. You can apply it to your lymph node areas like the underarm, or your groin to strengthen your immune system. You can also use manuka oil in steam therapy to help clear sinus and nasal congestion.
Since it also acts as an effective antihistamine, manuka oil can quickly reduce the production of histamine in the body, putting an end to those exhausting cough spells.
So, next time you’re feeling under the weather, try massaging manuka oil mixed with a carrier oil to your throat, chest, and back for added relief. And the best part about using Manuka oil? It also acts as a relaxant so adding a few drops to your massage oil can help fight off anxiety, stress, and depression.
#8 Helps Promote Relaxation
Sometimes nerves get frayed and we are stressed or have anxious feelings. Manuka is great a promoting relaxation and calming nerves.
To use, add 1 drop to a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to pulse points, and inhale for aromatic benefits as well.
Manuka Essential Oil Blends Well With
Manuka blends well with basil, bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Litsea, Marjarom, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), and Thyme
Keep Calm Roller Bottle Recipe With Manuka
To help calm anxious feelings or rattled nerves, combine the following into a 10ml roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil. Add a pretty calm vinyl label to it.
- 3 Drops Manuka
- 2 Drops Lavender
- 2 Drops Frankincense
Manuka Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Recipe – Keep the Calm
Combine the following into your diffuser. This recipe is also great for relaxing and promoting feelings of calmness.
- 2 Drops Manuka Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil
So, there you have it. I hope this gave you new insight into how you can use Manuka essential oil in your daily life. Because of its vast array of healing benefits, I won’t be surprised if it becomes the next big thing in essential oils. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments section below. If this article helped you, make sure to hit the share button. The benefits of manuka essential oil are plentiful.
Don’t forget to label your essential oil bottles and samples. We have manuka lid stickers to help keep you organized. Whether you are making blends or handing out samples, you’ll be sure to want some manuka essential oil lid stickers.